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Dirty kids are healthy kids

By Julie Tomascik Squeaky clean and always sick. You’re armed with an arsenal of hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes. On a mission to protect your kids from a world full of germs. But have they had their daily dose of dirt? It just might be what the doctor ordered, according to the latest in the [...]

Top 5 Texas Peppers

By Kelly Bogard Some like it hot. Others like it hotter. And some adventuresome people like it as hot as they can get it. Peppers are quite popular in the Lone Star State. Partly due to their unique flavors and partly because most of our local cuisines incorporate a Mexican flair, heavy on spices. As [...]

Animal abuse on Texas ranches and dairies?

By Jessica Domel The sun is barely peeking through the clouds, and they're already hard at work feeding cows, milking and answering business calls. They've only had a few hours of sleep, and the day won't be over for another 10-12 hours. They're a Texas dairy producer. A rancher. Or maybe just a fan of livestock. Sometimes, all three. Taking [...]

Energy Bites

By Kelly Bogard Wow! What a summer. It was here one day. Gone the next! And the kiddos will be headed back to school soon. Most of the school supplies have been bought and outfits selected. But they’re going to need some energy to make it through a full day of learning. That recipe has [...]

Cockroach milk coming to a glass near you

By Julie Tomascik Cockroach milk? Yup. You read that right. Don’t look now, but it could be coming to a grocery store near you. Because a professor at the University of Iowa, Barbara Stay, discovered that the female Pacific beetle cockroach is unlike any other insect species. She feeds her young “milk.” A pale, yellow [...]

Fried Pickles

By Kelly Bogard Fried pickles are a true southern classic. And a great summer treat. Did you know those pickles get their start in Texas fields where cucumber harvest is underway now? Some Texas farmers grow for Best Maid Pickles, which is celebrating its 90th birthday this year. We’ll celebrate with them with this week’s [...]